Improving Transitions of Care to Prevent Hospital Readmission
About Project RED
Built on the success of Project RED (Re Engineered Discharge) as an effective method for improving healthcare transitions of care, decreasing unnecessary or inappropriate hospital readmissions, and improving patient satisfaction, Project RED Solutions offers training and consulting services for healthcare and social care organizations throughout the United States and internationally.
What Researchers Report About The Impact of Project RED
"There is substantial opportunity for improved discharge techniques to enhance the safety and quality of care for patients leaving the hospital. Interventions must be implemented to increase transparency of patient education and understanding, particularly among the interprofessional team to clarify assumptions of each other’s roles. Further studies on effective communication strategies as well as systems redesign that foster patient-centered discharge education are imperative".
From the article, Assessment of Patient Education Delivered at Time of Hospital Discharge, JAMA Internal Medicine, Trivedi et al, 2023.
"Occurrence of poor care transitions can be reduced with a coordinated, standardized approach to managing patients from hospital to home. A discharge transition program was implemented with a QI team leading the interventions, including the addition of teach-back training for all nursing staff, use of a discharge checklist, and completion of a follow-up telephone call. This program was successful in addressing communication gaps and enabling patients to care better for themselves after discharge".
From the article, Improving Care Transitions from Hospital to Home, MedSurg Nursing, Bumpas and Stuart, March-April 2023.
“This study identifies the relative contributions of the brief cognitive behavioral therapy, self-management, and patient navigation components of RED-D. Each component contributes to the decrease in readmission rates with patient navigation being most effective in the first 30 days.”
From the article, Reducing Readmission of Hospitalized Patients With Depressive Symptoms: A Randomized Trial, Annals of Family Medicine, SE Mitchell et al, 2021.
"Based on the data collected in this study, it appears that post–Project RED patients had a lower rate of 30-day hospital readmission for HF, decreased all-cause mortality, increased follow-up with PCP appointments attended per post discharge instructions, and higher cost saving. While primary outcome of 30-day readmission was not statistically significant, it may still be of clinical significance in practice".
From the article, Impact of the Implementation of Project Re-Engineered Discharge for Heart Failure patients at a Veterans Affairs Hospital at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, Hospital Pharmacy, Patel and Dickerson, 2018.